OUR PRACTICE AREAS
We practice in all areas of family law,
- prenuptial and postnuptial agreements
- marital dissolution and separation
- family law mediation
- child custody and visitation
- child and spousal support
- paternity and domestic violence
- collaborative law.
Our family lawyers receive assistance from
other lawyers in the firm for complex cases that involve collateral issues such as
business, property, or financial matters.
CERTIFIED FAMILY LAW SPECIALISTS
FMBK has a team of eleven top notch family
law attorneys to service your needs. Nine of our eleven family
law attorneys have earned the special distinction of Certified Family Law Specialists
(CFLS) from the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.
Robert C. Brandt, CFLS*, is the head our firms Family
Law Department. He is a Fellow of both the American
Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, where he serves as Treasurer of the Southern
California Chapter, and the International
Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Mr. Brandt is the current Chair Elect of the Los
Angeles County Bar Association Family Law Section, former Chair Elect, Section Vice Chair, Treasurer and Secretary, and has been a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association Executive Committee Family Law Section for more than six years. In addition, Mr. Brandt is a member of the Beverly Hills Bar Association Family Law Section Executive Committee (2009-2010). He has previously served as the Chairperson of the Continuing Legal Education Subcommittee. Mr. Brandt participated in the forming of the Family Law Branch of the American
Inns of Court in Los Angeles and has been on its Executive Committee since 2006.
OUR DIVERSE LEGAL
To be effective, a family lawyer must be
knowledgeable about all areas of law. Divorce, in particular, often involves many
different legal areas such as taxes, real estate, finance, business transactions, custody
and others. FMBKs attorneys practice in more than one area of law and can handle
different aspects of your case with competence and efficiency.
FMBK offers family law mediation. FMBK is flexible
in its approach to family law mediation, which includes initially meeting with
the clients and their attorneys, if applicable to design a strategy to resolve
the matter as quickly and efficiently as possible given the unique fact of each family law
We also offer our clients the option of
"unbundling" our services. You may choose not to have our attorneys handle your
entire case but just hire them for certain aspects of your case. For example, we can
review settlement agreements, and/or prepare all the legal paperwork for you so you can
attend court by yourself and represent your own case in pro per. This can be a cost
effective way of handling your case. However, not all matters of law easily lend
themselves to unbundling of services. Please contact
Steven A. Mindel for advice as to whether your case can could be effectively handled
in this manner.
WE ARE BOTH
COMPASSIONATE AND TOUGH
FMBK knows that antagonistic confrontation
between parties makes a family-law case longer, more frustrating and more costly. So we
try to reduce the animosity between the parties and settle the case amicably, for the
long-term benefit of the client. But if the other party is unreasonable or unrealistic
about their expectations, we are just as able to take them to court and act as strong,
faithful advocates for our client. We are able to change gears between personal compassion
and toughness whenever necessary.
EMOTIONAL AND FINANCIAL STRESS
Our Family Law Department has four
Certified Family Law Specialists*, as well as five other lawyers, who work hard to
minimize our client's emotional and financial stress. We are aware that divorce and other
family-law issues can be very traumatic and expensive, so our goal is to explore a realm
of solutions before even considering going to court -- and getting lost in the no-win
Collaborative family law allows
participants in a family law matter to work together to reach a mutually beneficial
resolution of family law issues without the burden of arguing in court. Feinberg
Mindel Brandt & Klein attorney Steven A. Mindel
is experienced in using
collaborative methods for resolving a divorce or other family law issues. Because each
party and their attorneys have agreed to forgo court and act in good faith to reach a
negotiated settlement, collaborative processes may prevent the expense and bitterness
frequently associated litigation.
Collaborative law is not right for everyone or every case. Our
attorneys can recommend the best approach to use in your case. Whether you choose
collaborative law, informal negotiation, mediation or litigation, we will work with you to
achieve the best results as efficiently as possible.
Steven A. Mindel has been trained and certified by
Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association (LACFLA).
*Certified Family Law Specialist
State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization